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With the 2012 NFL draft less than two weeks away, it’s about time we ratchet up our draft coverage here at SeaTown Sports. Within the coming days we’ll talk about which prospects the Seahawks should target, different scenarios that could play out during the draft, and yes, a mock draft.
But before we do all that, here is a breakdown of the Seahawks position by position determining where the Seahawks’ greatest needs are. Leave any of your thoughts/disagreements in the comment section.
QB: With Tarvaris Jackson and the newly signed Matt Flynn already on the roster, the thought of the Seahawks looking for a franchise quarterback in the draft can pretty much be crossed out.
However, don’t be surprised if the Seahawks pick someone like Kellen Moore in the late rounds for developmental purposes and/or just to have someone to compete with Josh Portis for the no. 3 QB spot.
Need rating (1 being low priority, 10 being high): 2
Read about the other positions after the jump!
RB: Obviously this isn’t an incredible position of need with the Seahawks signing Marshawn Lynch to a 4-year, $31 Million contract right before he hit free agency; but with a physical running style, Lynch won’t finish his new deal if he keeps getting 280-plus carries per year.
Leon Washington has been largely unimpressive in the backup role and is best suited as a return specialist. So, even if he’s not a complete stud, it would be nice for the Seahawks to draft a young, faster running back that could carry the load with Lynch.
Need rating: 5
WR: The Seahawks thought they answered their receiver problems when they signed Sidney Rice last season, but he played in just 10 games because of injuries. But Rice’s struggles proved to be Doug Baldwin’s gain, as he emerged to lead the team in receptions (51) and yards (788). Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu also had very nice years totaling 72 receptions between the two of them.
One thing this receiving corps lacks is speed (aside from Tate), so expect the Seahawks to look for a speedy wide receiver at some point in the draft.
Need rating: 4
TE: Zach Miller disappointed Seahawk fans last year, only catching 25 balls, a career low. And with John Carlson leaving in free agency, the Seahawks have two options: 1) Stick with Anthony McCoy and Cameron Morrah as backups and hope they improve, or 2) draft someone like Stanford’s Coby Fleener.
Either way, the Seahawks are in a sticky situation if Miller doesn’t bounce back from last season’s bust.
Need rating: 6
OL: To the average football fan, this Seahawks line isn’t very good. But if you get past the name recognition part and actually watched them play in the second half of last season, they were one of the better lines in football. Russell Okung, John Moffit, Max Unger, James Carpenter (assuming he moves to guard), and Breno Giacomini all played well last season and line coach Tom Cable should have this unit playing at an even higher level in 2012.
Schneider also added guard Deuce Lutui, who played for Carroll at Southern California, and tackle Frank Omiyale for depth.
But hey, with the injury history of all these guys (I’m looking at you, Russell), you can never have enough lineman.
Need rating: 3
DL: Seattle’s only dangerous pass-rushing threat is weak-side end Chris Clemons, who’s entering a contract year at age 31. Left end Red Bryant is an incredible run-stopper, but can’t rush the passer for his life. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane can bring pressure up the middle, but you don’t want to rely on an interior lineman for your pass rush.
So in other words, the last hope for the Seahawks having a decent pass rush in 2012 is drafting an elite defensive end like North Carolina’s Quinton Couples. All I know is they need to draft SOMEONE. I can’t go another season watching the opposing quarterback just sit back and have an eternity to throw.
Need Rating: 9
LB: With David Hawthrone bolting in free agency, the Seahawks now have a huge question mark regarding their middle linebacker spot. K.J. Wright and Leroy Hill will be back to play the outside spots, but who will replace the very, very solid play of a man who’s led the team in tackles the last three years?
Great question. That’s for the entire Seahawks front office to figure out; and to make matter worse, there aren’t a lot of amazing linebackers in this year’s draft outside of Luke Kuechly from Boston College. Don’t be surprised if the Hawks select him with the 12th overall pick.
Need rating: 8
DB: When you have three pro bowlers in one unit, there obviously isn’t a ton of need. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, and Brandon Browner look to be fixtures in the secondary for years to come.
Add to the fact that your nickel back is Marcus Trufant (or Walter Thurmond if Tru can’t stay healthy) and you’re in pretty good shape. No real need here.
Need rating: 1
- Nathan Parsons (@nathanparsons98)